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Notes from the Past: A WMC Holiday Tradition Returns

Since the 1990’s, a WMC concert has been held during the holiday season, a traditional time of music and celebration. As our musical gift to Winnipeg, we will once again be presenting an in-person concert to showcase our 2022 scholarship winners. The December 28 WMC Scholarship Winners' Concert will be performed before an in-person audience – for the first time in three years. This will indeed be a special treat for the festive season.

To date, more than 360 scholarships have been awarded. Winners have gone on to national and international careers as solo performers, as members of symphony and chamber orchestras, and as faculty in Schools of Music. Many have enriched Winnipeg’s own musical community as performers and teachers. A complete list of the winners since 1915 is on the WMC website, among them several familiar names: Tracy Dahl, Kerry-Lynn Wilson, Tomson Highway, Valdine Anderson, Emanuel Ax, Mel Braun, and Rennie Regehr to choose only a few. You can read the full list here.

The support of young Manitoba musicians has been a priority of the WMC since 1915 when the first Scholarship Fund was established, through careful management of the Club’s income. Financial support has grown over the WMC’s 129-year history and since 1984 several “named” scholarships have been created that honour members of Winnipeg’s music community. Among this year’s winners will be recipients of the Berythe Birse, Phyllis Holtby, Phyllis Ilavsky and the Madeleine Gauvin scholarships.

Happy Holidays, and do join us on December 28th.

Mary Lynn Duckworth, WMC Chair of Archives

December 2022

Source: With Every Note Played: A History of the Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg, Kathryn A. Young


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